A Historical Look at the Chiefs' Seventh-Round Draft Picks

Exploring how successful the Chiefs have been in the seventh round of the NFL Draft over the years

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In 1967, a system called the "common draft" was implemented for the AFL and NFL. In this system, the two leagues held a joint draft for college players. The "common draft" existed until 1969 as the AFL and NFL would officially merge in 1970.

The following is a list of the 56 players the Chiefs have drafted in the seventh round since 1967: 

YEAR

PICK

PLAYER

POS

ALL PRO

PRO BOWL

GAMES

SCHOOL

2015

233

Da'Ron Brown

WR

0

0

Northern Illinois

2013

207

Mike Catapano

DL

0

0

29

Princeton

2012

218

Jerome Long

DL

0

0

3

San Diego St.

2012

238

Junior Hemingway

WR

0

0

31

Michigan

2011

223

Shane Bannon

RB

0

0

0

Yale

2009

256

Ryan Succop

K

0

0

96

South Carolina

2009

212

Javarris Williams

RB

0

0

4

Tennessee St.

2009

237

Jake O'Connell

TE

0

0

35

Miami (OH)

2008

210

Brian Johnston

DL

0

0

9

Gardner-Webb

2008

239

Mike Merritt

TE

0

0

Central Florida

2007

231

Michael Allan

TE

0

0

Whitworth (WA)

2006

228

Jarrad Page

DB

0

0

74

UCLA

2005

238

Jeremy Parquet

OL

0

0

Southern Miss

2005

229

James Kilian

QB

0

0

Tulsa

2004

231

Kevin Sampson

OL

0

0

16

Syracuse

2003

252

Willie Pile

DB

0

0

32

Virginia Tech

2003

230

Montique Sharpe

DL

0

0

5

Wake Forest

2002

221

Maurice Rodriguez

LB

0

0

Fresno St.

2001

212

Shaunard Harts

DB

0

0

51

Boise St.

2001

243

Terdell Sands

DL

0

0

77

Tenn-Chattanooga

2000

208

Desmond Kitchings

WR

0

0

Furman

1999

220

Eric King

OL

0

0

Richmond

1998

216

Eric Warfield

DB

0

0

115

Nebraska

1998

224

Ernest Blackwell

RB

0

0

Missouri

1997

214

Nathan Parks

OL

0

0

2

Stanford

1996

245

Darrell Williams

DB

0

0

Tennessee St.

1996

211

Ben Lynch

OL

0

0

52

California

1996

241

Jeff Smith

OL

0

0

54

Tennessee

1994

199

Steve Matthews

QB

0

0

3

Memphis

1994

219

Tracy Greene

TE

0

0

23

Grambling St.

1993

186

Danan Hughes

WR

0

0

85

Iowa

1992

186

Erick Anderson

LB

0

0

10

Michigan

1991

189

Bernard Ellison

DB

0

0

Nevada

1990

180

Dave Szott

OL

1

0

177

Penn St.

1989

171

Ron Sancho

LB

0

0

LSU

1988

170

Troy Stedman

LB

0

0

5

Washburn

1987

186

Doug Hudson

QB

0

0

1

Nicholls St.

1985

180

Vince Thompson

DL

0

0

Missouri West.

1985

183

Dave Heffernan

OL

0

0

2

Miami (FL)

1984

173

Kevin Ross

DB

0

2

204

Temple

1983

173

Ken Thomas

RB

0

0

14

San Jose St.

1983

179

Daryl Posey

RB

0

0

Mississippi Col.

1982

184

Greg Smith

DL

0

0

16

Kansas

1981

180

Billy Jackson

RB

0

0

57

Alabama

1979

167

Ken Kremer

DL

0

0

87

Ball St.

1978

168

Ricky Odom

DB

0

0

14

USC

1978

184

Bill Kellar

WR

0

0

5

Stanford

1977

177

Chris Golub

DB

0

0

1

Kansas

1976

196

Rod Wellington

RB

0

0

Iowa

1974

172

LeRoy Hegge

DL

0

0

So. Dakota-Springfield

1973

173

Donn Smith

OL

0

0

Purdue

1972

179

Dean Carlson

QB

0

0

1

Iowa St.

1970

182

Clyde Glosson

WR

0

0

11

Texas-El Paso

1969

179

Tom Nettles

WR

0

0

San Diego St.

1968

184

Sammy Grezaffi

DB

0

0

LSU

1967

183

Dick Erickson

OL

0

0

Wisc-Stout

ITEMS OF NOTE: 

  • The Chiefs have drafted one future Pro Bowler in the seventh round since 1967: defensive back Kevin Ross, drafted in 1984. Ross made the Pro Bowl in 1989 and 1990.
  • The Chiefs have drafted one future All-Pro in the seventh round since 1967: offensive lineman Dave Szott, drafted in 1990.  Szott was an All-Pro in 1997.
  • The positions defensive backand offensive lineman are tied for the two most popular positions. The Chiefs have drafted 10 players of each position since 1967.
  • There is a six-way tie for most popular college the Chiefs have drafted from in the seventh round. The Chiefs have drafted two players from Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, San Diego State, Stanford and Tennessee State.
  • Of the 55 players the Chiefs have drafted in the seventh round since 1967, three eclipsed more than 100 games in their respective careers: Eric Warfield, 1998 (115 games), Dave Szott, 1990 (177 games) and Kevin Ross, 1984 (204 games).
  • Two Chiefs seventh-round picks are still active in the league today: Ryan Succop, 2009, and Da'Ron Brown, 2015. Succop is now a member of the Tennessee Titans and Brown plays for the division-rival Los Angeles Chargers. 
  • Mike Catapano, who was drafted by general manager John Dorsey in the seventh round during the 2013 NFL Draft, has played in 31 career games. He is currently a free agent.

Research for this article was assisted byProFootballReference.com**

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